Haute Affaire

New boutique/consignment shop on Lexington Ave. in Magnolia. Haute Affaire has been open since April. They have items in all price ranges from $1 t-shirts to designer dresses and jeans. They also carry Jeans from Boston Jean Company and have their own line of resort wear.

Coming soon, they will start to offer designer handbag rentals. Now you can test drive them without shelling out hundreds of dollars!

They have great hours too:
Mon-Sat 10am-7pm
Sun 11am-4pm


The Weekly Catch From The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce


ROCKPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY presents Meet the Author, featuring Stephen McCauley as he discusses his latest book, "Insignificant Others,", on Wednesday, June 30, at 7pm. 978-546-6934

ROCKY NECK ART COLONY: Save the first Thursday of every month from June to September for Nights on the Neck, 5-9pm. Open Galleries and wonderful entertainment on Rocky Neck in Gloucester.

GLOUCESTER STAGE’S 2010 season kicks off with Table Manners, a heartbreakingly hilarious reunion of adult siblings and their spouses and the first play of Alan Ayckbourn’s infamous The Norman Conquests trilogy, June 17 through July 3. The production features the return of Academy Award nominee and Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse to Gloucester Stage as she joins an all star cast of Boston actors. 978-281-4433

THE CAPE ANN FARMERS’ MARKET will be open every Thursday through October 7, 3-6:30pm at its new location– I-4/C-2 on Rogers Street.

GLOUCESTER UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH, located at the corner of Middle and Church Streets in Gloucester, will host an Overboard Concert Series every Friday in July at 8pm. General Admission, $10 – Students & Seniors, $5. Overboard is an a cappella group of 6 singers that have performed in Boston, the North Shore, and around New England and were nominated for 8 awards in 2010. 978-283-3410

THE ONE HOUR AT A TIME GANG’S next downtown Gloucester Clean-up session will be on Saturday, July 3, 8am, meeting at on the Boulevard– near the entry to Stage Fort Park. Please bring gloves!

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM invites families to a theatrical performance at the White-Ellery House on Saturday, July 3, at 11am. Beauport Anthology is a collection of dramatic monologues of historical characters from Gloucester, 1600 – 1900. There will also be an arts activity for children and families provided by Cape Ann Art Haven. These programs are free and open to the public. 978-283-0455

INDEPENDENCE DAY INFORMATION is available on the Chamber’s website–www.capeannvacations.com, including event times and parade routes.

BOULEVARD EXTRAVAGANZA presents free live music before and after the HORRIBLES PARADE on the Boulevard (near the Blynman drawbridge) in Gloucester on Saturday, July 3, starting at 5pm. Safety – Gloucester’s best 80s band will kick things off with a rockin’ set at 5pm – awesome hair, awesome tunes. Horribles Parade st…arts at 6pm. Immediately following the parade, Henri Smith New Orleans Friends and Flavours plays jazz, blues and New Orleans favorites. Runaround – Gloucester’s favorite ska band follows. Fireworks begin at 10pm. Don’t leave after the fireworks. Stick around for a very special surprise.

Enjoy Gloucester’s fireworks from terrace and lawn of BEAUPORT, SLEEPER-MCCANN HOUSE on Saturday, July 3, 7-10pm. Bring blankets, chairs, picnics, and mosquito spray. Candles are prohibited. The house is open for abridge tours on the half-hour. Adults and children over twelve only, please. $10 for Historic New England members, $18 for nonmembers. Reservations required. 978-283-0800

CAPTAIN BILL & SONS WHALE WATCH will host a July 3 Fireworks Cruise aboard the Miss Cape Ann, departing from Harbor Loop (behind Captain Carlo’s). Boarding begins at 8:30pm. Adults $22, children $15. Beer, wine, and cash galley. Reservations recommended. 978-283-6995

Come join the YANKEE FLEET on 3rd of July for a night of fun with the fireworks! Come celebrate the festivities of Independence Day and enjoy the fireworks from the best view in town! We will be departing from East Gloucester Marina at 121 East Main Street at 8:30pm and returning at 11:30pm. Tickets $20/Adults, $15/children under 12 years old. Information/reservations: 1-800-942-5464

LANESVILLE EMERGENCY ACTION PROGRAM will hold the Whistleblowers 4K Road Race (start: 10am) and Whistleblowers 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk (start: 10:45am) on Saturday, July 3. Check-in: 8:30-9:45. Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in Gloucester. Go to leap-lanesville.org for mapped course, registration forms, award categories, discounts, and more. Information: LEAPJuly4@aol.com.

LANESVILLE EMERGENCY ACTION PROGRAM will host an Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 3, 8:30am-1pm. Join a 3-legged race, show your strength in the tug of war, grab something from the grill or walk the neighborhood as you collect items for the scavenger hunt. Check out leap-lanesville.org for lots of extravaganza details, directions, discounts and race registration forms. Information: LEAPJuly4@aol.com.

THE SEAWARD INN, Rockport, will feature Patti DeRosa, an Acoustic / Folk singer – songwriter-guitarist Sunday Morning Live, July 4th. 9am-noon during a Breakfast Buffet by the Sea. Patti’s powerful presence is fun, funky and sizzling. There is no cover charge. 978-546-3471

ROCKPORT LEGION BAND CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, at 7pm at the bandstand overlooking Rockport’s Back Beach. Concerts will be held every Sunday evening through August 30; listeners are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets to this family-friendly program.

Join Celtic singer Michael O’Leary and string players Bob & Jennifer Strom for their Celtic music session on Sundays from 6-9pm, July 4 & 18 at THE LANDING AT 7 CENTRAL in Manchester. An acoustic session of mostly traditional songs and tunes from the Celtic countries.

We are pleased to announce the 2010 PAINTING-BY-THE-SEA, PLEIN AIR CONTEST AND EXHIBITION. Artists from around New England will be exhibiting recent Cape Ann paintings July 1-31 at the Manchester-by-the-Sea Historical Society’s Trask House. Monday-Friday, 9am-12noon. Additional hours can be arranged to view the exhibition by calling 978-546-6700

Opening Reception: Friday, July 9, 6-8 pm. All are welcome.

ROCKPORT GARDEN CLUB presents its 2010 Garden Tour July 9-10, 10am-4pm. Tour Rockport’s private coastal gardens. Luncheon, Plant Sale, and Sale of Original Art at one designated garden. Tickets $25, available at Toad Hall Bookstore. Allproceeds used to plant & maintain town gardens and to fund civic projects.

VALENTINO’S RESTAURANT, located at 38 Main Street in Gloucester’s North End, will host Murder Mystery Dinners on Saturdays, July 10 and August 14. Show and dinner 7:30pm, doors open at 7pm. Ticket price includes: All you can eat pizza, pasta & meatballs, chicken wings, salad …and the Show! Cash bar available. Tips not included.. Pre-reservations: 978-283-6186

Karen Pischke of DREAMTIME WELLNESS will host Cape Ann Walking Meditations-on Saturday, July 10, 10am-12noon, and Saturday, August 21, 10am-12noon. Call for information/reservations. 978-283-4258   x-5

LOCAL COLORS ARTISTS’ COOPERATIVE, 121 Main Street in Gloucester, invites the public to come see ‘The Beauty of Cape Ann’ a new exhibit of oil paintings by Patricia Doherty. This special exhibit runs from July 3-23 with a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, July 10, 6-8pm. 978-283-3996

THE TRYIAN-ASHLER-ACACIA LODGE’S 6th Annual "Race To The Bottom" Wacky Cardboard Boat Race Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, July 10, 11am-3pm at Back Beach in Rockport. This time frame allows you to build your boat from a prepackaged kit (cardboard, duct tape, etc) and then race it. $100 per team donation., which is used for scholarship funds and community charity within the Cape Ann Area. 978-546-6788

THE GLOUCESTER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH at 436 Washington Street is having its annual fair on Saturday, July 10, 8:30am to 1:30pm. Featuring fresh coffee and homemade donuts, crafts and toys, jewelry, books, and white elephants. Don’t forget our wonderful bake table where everything has been made by our wonderful ladies!. Lobster roll, chips and a drink for only $12 or a chicken salad wrap, chips and drink for $6.

ANNISQUAM VILLAGE CHURCH, in collaboration with the Sawyer Free Library, presents "Oh How Can I Keep on Singing? Voices of Pioneer Women in the Poetry of Jana Harris" on Sunday, July 11, 8pm at Annisquam Village Church. Featuring music by ‘Leven with Susan Slowick, violin. 978-281-9763

Celtic Music Sail. Join Michael O’Leary & Friends for a floating ‘seisiun’, an evening of traditional songs ‘n tunes aboard the SCHOONER THOMAS E. LANNON as it takes a sunset sail around beautiful Gloucester harbor on Sunday, July 11, 6-8:30pm. 978-281-6634

ANTONIO GENTILE BANDSTAND CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, July 11, at 7pm, Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, featuring North Shore Concert Band’s "American Salute" directed by David Benjamin


SENIORCARE’S SUMMER SUNSET CRUISE. What better way to enjoy a summer evening than to enjoy great music, great food, and great friends aboard a harbor cruise? Join us on the Hurricane II for a great time on Thursday, July 15, 6:30-9:30pm. The cruise will take you to Salem Harbor and back, weather permitting. There will be a cash bar, light buffet, door prizes, a raffle, and music by Leo’s Classic Hits. $25/person.

THE ROCKPORT ART ASSOCIATION will host an Opening Reception & Book Launch of "Harold Rotenberg, An Artist’s Journey" on Friday, July 16, 5-7pm. Come celebrate Harold Rotenberg’s 105th birthday. Meet the artist. Refreshments. $25 admission . 978-546-6604

Runners of all ages and abilities can now register as individuals or teams for the 7TH ANNUAL SEACOAST SEVEN ROAD RACE, a 7-mile run to directly benefit the residents of Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. This year’s Seacoast Seven will be held on Saturday, July 17, with a 1-mile fun run beginning at 8:30am and the 7-mile road race kicking off at 9am, both from Stage Fort Park. 978-283-0300

THE GLOUCESTER MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER is proud to present SEASCAPE on July 24–25. This 2-day festival celebrates Gloucester’s relationship with the sea through music, dance, storytelling and the visual arts. SEASCAPE is produced with grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Commission. 978-281-0470

ROCKPORT MUSIC presents Regina Carter in Concert on Saturday, July 24, 8pm at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. This performance features music from Ms. Carter’s new album "Reverse Thread," a collection of infectious African folk melodies in a beautiful, contemporary interpretation as only Regina can provide – that of a musician internationally acclaimed as among the most transcendent voices of contemporary violin. 978-546-7391 BUSINESS BRIEFS – News and Special Offers from Chamber Members

THE GLOUCESTER FIREWORKS COMMITTEE is very hard at working trying to raise funds for the July 3rd fireworks which follow the Horribles Parade. Help the harbor sparkle July 3rd by sending a donation to The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. All donations are tax deductible. Please indicate on your check "Fireworks".

THE GLOUCESTER HORRIBLES PARADE COMMITTEE needs your support to keep this popular annual event going. Please consider a donation of any amount, which can be sent to The Gloucester Horribles Parade Committee, PO Box 924, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Release and renew with sound and song at SoulSong, a relaxing yet energizing class led by singer and song-leader Michael O’Leary. If you can talk you can sing! 7-week session starts Wednesdays, June 30 & July 7, 7-9pm at the 222 ARTS & WELLNESS CENTER. Private sessions also available. 978-283-0495  or Michael@222artsandwellness.com

THE CENTRAL STREET GALLERY, 11 Central Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, is showing Summer paintings by their award-winning artists. Come and see these plain-air pictures of Cape Ann, or have our Gallery Director, Alison Rowell help you choose that special gift. Hours: Thursday through Sunday, noon-6pm. at. 978-526-7650

EASTERN POINT DAY SCHOOL offers an interdisciplinary summer experience for children ages 5 – 9 (grades K-4, 2010-11). Each one week session will introduce a theme and bring it to life with literature, geography, science, art and music through fun, experiential, and informative activities. Children will also have the opportunity to play games and sports outside and visit scenic Niles Beach. 978-283-1700

THE MARIA MILES VISITOR CENTER on Route 95 in Salisbury will reopen on Thursday, July 1. There will be an opening day ceremony starting at 9am with Secretary of Transportation, Jeff Mullan.

O’NEIL FITNESS is celebrating its tenth season of The Boot Camp Workout. Monday-Friday 6-7am at Good Harbor Beach. All fitness levels are warmly welcomed. call Tracy O’Neil at 978-290-2365, or just show up!

Art In Lanesville Call To Artists!

For More Info- www.lanesvillecommunitycenter.org. We want to make sure that the word gets out to as many artists that might want to show at Art in Lanesville as possible!

Thanks SO much,

Kurt Ankeny
Ankeny Studio

If you don’t know much about Art in Lanesville, this is the 8th annual show, and its a show where the only requirement for entry is residence in Lanesville (and we let those nice folks in Bay View in as well.) It’s put on by the Lanesville Community Center, and it’s not only a showcase of all the talent we have in this little hamlet on the far side of the island, but its a great place for budding artists and shy hobbyists to get their feet wet with some exposure. We’ve had lots of people, young and old that have taken Art in Lanesville as their first opportunity to show their art to the world, and that’s one of our main goals.


As I often say to David Cox over breakfast- “Lanesville-Bay View-Annisquam, what’s the difference?”

He loves it when I say that- NOT!

Things To Do- GREENBELT TRAIL RUN (5K OR 10K) July 17, 2010

Hello Joey,
My name is Julia and I work at the Essex County Greenbelt Association.  
We are having an upcoming trail run, as part of the North Shore Trail  
Series, on our Pingree Reservation on July 17.
I was wondering if you could please post this description about the  
run on your blog to help promote the run:
July 17, 2010
9 a.m. start
Pingree Reservation, Pingree School, Hamilton, MA
*Only the 10K race is part of the North Shore Trail Series
Greenbelt’s Run for the Hills trail race is back for a third year!  
Last year’s run had a wonderful turnout and was a lot of fun. As  
always, we are excited to promote the use of our conserved land for  
the sport of trail running. This year, Run for the Hills 10K is part  
of the North Shore Trail Series!
Encouraging people to get outdoors and on our properties for  
recreational pursuits is important to Greenbelt. We expect this race  
will encourage both novice and experienced runners to lace up and hit  
the trail!
As a regional land trust, we have a responsibility to educate  
community members about the benefits of land conservation. One way to  
have people understand why conservation is important is to help them  
enjoy and experience protected land in their community. With the trail  
run, we will introduce more people to our land conservation efforts,  
while providing a fun and healthy outdoor activity.
Or do I need to post this description about the trail series run on  
your blog, and if so, how do I go about doing so?
Thank you for your help,

Run for the hills shirt_final_09

New Solar Compactor Trash Collectors in Gloucester

Deb Clarke pics and writes-

This is one of the new solar compactor trash collectors the city purchased with a grant. this one is one main street next to the Judith Sargent Murray Hough house stairs.
The city has already seen a reduction in illegal trash dumping in public receptacles, only has to empty these about 2 times a week. there is less trash blowing around main street these days, and fewer opportunistic scavengers!

click for full sized versions




heres the solar panel on the compactor


you can read more about these types of compactors on the manufacturers website-


Gloucester Gear – Athletic Gear Fundraiser

From Bill and Alexis Loiacano:

Welcome to GloucesterGear.com, a website created and maintained by Seaside Graphics, Inc. as a way to lessen the financial impact that sports are now facing.  We have been providing our services for years to many local teams and have a great customer base, but we wanted to give back to the athletes and teams that have supported us.   So we came up with GloucesterGear.com. This site has been designed, maintained, and kept active with 100% of the costs incurred by Seaside Graphics.

Having a kid in High School and going to local booster meetings for sports, we realized that there is no easy fundraiser.  How about great quality clothing that anyone can wear and can be bought at your own convenience?  Sweatshirts with your team name and logo, pajamas, blankets, jackets, hats, are just a few items to be found on GloucesterGear.com.

How It Works (The Catch?)

Now here is the catch to the whole program we’ve created…There is No Catch!  No one asked us to do this, but we feel that it is a great way to sell our products and at the same time Donate back to the Teams whose products are sold.  So a Portion of All Sales is donated back to the teams.  Buy a football sweatshirt and we’ll donate a portion to the Football Boosters to use towards student athletic fees, equipment, etc.  At the end of each season Seaside Graphics will tally up all sales related to each team and then cut our Donation checks back to them.  The amount will depend on how much is bought.  Typical donations are around 20% of the sales price, but do fluctuate depending on the items.

Promoting your team gear as a fundraiser is made easier with our Custom Flyer Program.  If interested in fully supporting our site and gaining sales for your team then we will gladly create full color flyers at no cost to your organization to be passed out at games, meeting, or wherever.  Contact us at info@gloucestergear.com and ask about making a custom flyer for your team. Also if you want to see certain items that we did not include for your team, just ask us and we’ll look into it for you.

Unlike other online sports gear promotions, our online stores will be open year round with no minimum amount needed to donate back to the teams.  We do not limit the length of the sales to a few weeks, but rather leave it open so that we can produce goods all year.  This way if you need a gift or want to buy a new item you can buy it at your own convenience.

For more info, click here.

Chickity Check It! Picture Boston Photos Of A Man Being Talked Down From Jumping Off The Tobin Bridge

From Picture Boston-

A man exited his car on the Tobin Bridge’s upper deck during this evening’s rush hour and climbed up onto a railing threatening to jump. An ambulance crew from Chelsea’s Cataldo Ambulance and a Chelsea police officer were the first to reach him, according to audio on the police scanner
Here’s the link- Picture Boston

I Just last week Took Pictures Of The View under The Tobin Bridge Which You can View Here

Waxing For Charity- (But Not The Nuts)

Getting Old Sucks.  There I said it.

Don’t give me the whole age is just a number routine because apparently the hair that grows on my back and out of places I never imagined hair would ever grow out of didn’t get the memo.  I mean how fucking rotten is it that you lose the hair on top of your head only to have it growing out of your ears, nose, back of your arms, small of your back and all these other places that hair simply shouldn’t grow?  I need goddamn hedge clippers to keep this unwanted hair in check.

I’m sick and tired of this whole hair situation and I plan on doing something about it.

Wait- I’ve got it!

“Waxing For Charity”  We could have a live taping for Good Morning Gloucester of me getting waxed and for each rrrrip we could announce someone’s donation to a charity!

I probably ought to do some research first to see how much pain is involved and if someone does all of this in one sitting or if they do it in stages.  Maybe we could do it after hours and have a party and people could witness the pain over a few cocktails.

Oh and the nuts are off limits!!!  No amount of money for any charity would convince me that hot wax poured on my nuts would be a good idea. I’m just saying….

Is this something that you guys think would be interesting for the blog?  I mean it seems like a win all the way around- A win for a charity, a win for the blog and a win for the lucky salon who gets the exposure.

A live broadcast would be hilarious

I guess a poll is in order-

Sydney at West End Sweets

My grad-daughter has a severe milk allergy which is  not the same as lactose intolerance, and since so many foods are made with milk and milk products these days that we have to pay attention to what’s in just about everything she  eats.   I wanted her to have a great time at the Fiesta, without the worry.

I ran into Steve Maniaci co-owner of WEST END SWEETS and he guaranteed that she could have a sweet treat at West End Sweets and no worry.  He called ahead to the store and made sure that they used a sterile scoop when they made her a raspberry treat with gummy bears.  She loved it, and thank you Steve for making her day.


Parents with children and want to give their kids a treat visit West End Sweets, kids without milk allergies can enjoy the best ice cream in town, but if  they do have milk allergies,  Steve and his staff  will bend over backwards to insure the safety of your child.

They also carry other sweets, I felt like a kid again.

Thanks again Steve.

GoodMorningGloucestet Horrible Float Begins To Take Shape


Thanks to some sponsorship from Golden Living on Washington St and labor by Jeremy Frost my brother in law Barry and sister Felicia we are well underway to putting the GMG float together.
The team still has a bunch of tricks up our sleeves. 🙂

Enter For Free Chance To Win A Gift Certificate Worth $100 from Nine Elm American Bistro in Danvers.


Dish Giveaway: Gift Certificate to Nine Elm

The Girls At North shore Dish Have a Simple Contest For You To Enter For A Chance To Win $100 Gift Certificate

All You Have To Do Is To Leave A Comment On the North Shore Dish Blog As To What Your Favorite North Shore Hidden Gem Restaurant Is.

Here’s the Link